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Your Ultimate Guide to San Diego-Area Thanksgiving Events and Dinner Ideas


Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans lists Thanksgiving as their favorite holiday?

Whether you live in San Diego or you’re just spending Thanksgiving weekend there, you’re in for a real treat. November is a great time to be in San Diego, thanks to the mild temperatures and great off-season rates.

Among the many great fall activities in the area are Thanksgiving dinner specials. Why slave away in the kitchen all day when you can go out and enjoy a delicious turkey dinner in a restaurant?

Keep reading discover five San Diego Thanksgiving events your whole family will enjoy!

The Westgate Hotel

For the ultimate luxury, treat your family to a four-course Thanksgiving prix fixe dinner (or buffet) at the Westgate Hotel. Located in downtown San Diego on 2nd Avenue, this French-inspired hotel is the perfect setting for a fancy holiday meal.

The prix fixe dinner is $69 per person, while the buffet is $89 and includes live music. For $20, you can add bottomless Prosecco or Champagne to your meal.

You can make reservations or find out more information here.

Bleu Boheme

Looking for more than your average turkey dinner? Head over to Bleu Boheme on Adams Avenue in San Diego.

For $59 per person, you can choose between two types of turkey, king salmon, braised beef, or Parisienne style gnocchi. Mouth-watering side options include wild mushroom bread pudding, saffron risotto croquettes, or sauteed black kale.

And you absolutely can’t miss their festive pumpkin pie martini served in a graham-cracker crusted rim! Their website has more information on their Thanksgiving dinner specials.

PB Ale House

If you’re on a tighter budget or prefer simple home cooking to fine dining, spend Thanksgiving at PB Ale House on Grand Avenue.

At just $25.95 per person, their prix fixe Thanksgiving menu is a delicious bargain. Choose from roast turkey or pineapple glazed ham for your entree–complete with all the fixings, of course. They also offer a butternut squash tagliatelle for vegetarians.

Visit their website to learn more about their location and menu options.

Burn off Calories in a Local 5K

If you’re caught up in the holiday spirit, what better way to give back than participating in a charity event? San Diego hosts two 5K events on Thanksgiving Day.

Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Day 5K is in Balboa Park starting at 6:30 am. Proceeds go to St. Vincent de Paul Village, the biggest homeless charity organization in San Diego.

There’s also the Oceanside Turkey Trot at Oceanside Pier in (you guessed it) Oceanside. This is a free “just for fun” event the whole family can enjoy throughout the morning.

Host Two Marines for Thanksgiving Dinner

Want to do something truly unique for the holidays? Why not host two Marines from nearby Camp Pendleton who aren’t able to travel home for Thanksgiving?

If you’d like to open your home and include these hard-working men and women in your holiday plans, call 760-385-4921.

San Diego Thanksgiving Events: Now You Know

Whether you’re a local resident or you’re just in town for the holidays, you’re sure to love any of these great San Diego Thanksgiving events.

Of course, once Thanksgiving has passed, it’s only a few short weeks until the Christmas holiday season begins.

Curious for more San Diego holiday events? Click here for more great ideas on local things to do this holiday season.